here's my contribution: twee urbanist shit. i definitely participate in this myself, but i find it harder and harder to wear a cute little TTC tshirt with the 512 streetcar on it when fare enforcement beat the tar out of a young Black man on that line not so long ago.
like what am i saying when i celebrate how much i love the streetcar i take daily to work when it fails so many of its riders, hm? toronto.ctvnews.ca/ttc-investigat…
i think if you asked a young person not plugged into a highly specific period and media scene what they thought of the whole Spacing enterprise as a whole, they would likely say it's cheugy. But then again I think urbanism is fits that definition by large.
To clarify: i think it takes a certain level of privilege and access to identify with your city on any level higher than "i live here" or "i like its sports teams". It takes a lot of time and energy to become "urbanism literate" and some of us are paid to do it.
I think that celebrating investment in that could be classified as cheugy. I also don't think cheugy is necessarily that negative so i hope i'm not offending here, but i also hope no one was under the impression that urbanism was ever "cool" in a detached aloof way.
got some feedback from someone i respect so another clarification (you know you've made an effective argument when you need to add multiple caveats): cheerleading Toronto without engaging structural issues is cheugy, not dunking on appreciation/knowledge of your home.
the lesson here is, of course, that i should not use the word cheugy

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